“There’s a very strange woman next door,” they say.
“A very strange woman indeed.”
“She has a cat.”
“And a dog.”
“There’s the rat.”
“I saw a frog!”
“A very strange woman, I concede.”

The woman lived alone for some time, you see.
Very lonely indeed she’d been.
Rescued a cat.
Bought a dog.
Caught the rat,
And found a frog!
They’re the happiest family you’ve seen.

And, how do we know they’re so happy?
This different menagerie.
Snuggle the cat.
Pet the dog.
Fuss the rat.
Kiss the frog!
The “strange woman” you see, is me.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago

You are strangely beautiful the way you are, Emily.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago
Reply to  Emily O'Leary

You’re welcome. Well, that is the perfect thing to do.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
8 months ago

Love this Emily. You writing about you, or me?? ?

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
8 months ago

A very clever little rhyme Emily, that skips along and can’t help putting a smile on the face. Loved it!

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
8 months ago
Reply to  Emily O'Leary

I have to admit, your mum did come to mind as I read it!  ? 

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
8 months ago

Hi Emily, This reminds me of the ditties, and small rhyming songs my sister and her friends used to sing as they skipped together ?. I loved it.

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock (@daisy-blacklock)
8 months ago

A lovely story that puts a smile on my face.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Emily, I love this! It is very lighthearted and the protagonist sounds very content with her lifestyle and animals around her. Well done.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

This sounds like one of the classical English children’s rhyming stories, Emily. You should create your own book of nursery rhymes. I love this one! It’s very poetic, surprising in a fun way, and has a great rhythm to it.

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Eduardo Olivares
Eduardo Olivares (@eduardo-olivares)
7 months ago

Poetry for the tired at heart/ for the anxious ones/ poetry is all there is/ if into love/
we embark

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